Island Peak CLimbing

Island Peak is one of the easiest and less challenging trekking routes of our country. This trek is designed for those trekkers who want to trek on the Himalayas but don’t have trekking experience and can’t trek in difficult trekking routes. Island Peak, also known as the Imja Tse Peak is located near the Sagarmatha National Park in the Everest region. Some of the major attractions of this trek are the sightseeing of Namche Bazar (Gateway of Everest), Everest Base Camp, Kalapatthar (Famous viewpoint of Khumbu region), Imja valley and many ancient Sherpa settlements. Although this trek is relatively easier trek but one should have good physical stamina and a positive attitude towards the Himalayas to complete this trek.

Island peak trek offers the majestic views of Himalayan ranges including some of the highest mountains of the world such as Everest (Highest mountain of the world), Lhotse, Makalu, Pumori, Annapurna, Cho-Oyu, Shishgampa, Amadablam, Lobuche East and other many beautiful mountains of our country. You will also get an opportunity to explore the ancient and authentic lifestyle, culture and traditions of Sherpa and Magar settlements that are living in this region since many years.Some of the major attractions of this trek are the Sagarmatha National Park, opportunity to explore the ancient Sherpa and Magar settlements, unique and dramatic landscapes, Namche Bazar (Gateway of Everest), Kalapatthar (Famous viewpoint of Khumbu region), Everest Base Camp, Khumbu Ice Falls and other many majestic things of Khumbu region.

Island Peak Climbing starts with a scenic flight to Lukla. We will then trek via Khumjun and reach the gateway of Everest, Namche Bazar. Trekking ahead from Namche Bazar will take us to the base camp of Everest and then to Kalapatthar. From here we will start our ascend to reach the top of Island peak. Once we reach the summit, we will do the sightseeing and then we will trek back to Lukla and then fly back to Kathmandu and end our trip.

Outline Itinerary

Day 01 Arrival at Kathmandu:
Day 02 Sightseeing of Kathmandu valley:
Day 03 Morning flight to Lukla (2800m) and Trek to Phakding (2600m):
Day 04 Phakding to Namche Bazar (3440m):
Day 05 Namche Bazar (3440m):
Day 06 Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (3870m):
Day 07 Tengboche to Dingboche (4389m):
Day 08 Dingboche Acclimatization day:
Day 09 Dingboche to Lobuche (4910m):
Day 10 Lobuche to EBC- Ghorakshep (5190m
Day 11 Gorakshep to Pheriche (4910m):
Day 12 Lobuche to Chhukung (4730 m)- via Kongma La Pass (5535m)
Day 13 Chhukung to Island peak Base Camp (4970m):
Day 14 Pre -training and preparation day for the summit.
Day 15 High Camp to Island peak (6183 m) & back to Base Camp (4970 m):
Day 16 Island Peak Base Camp to Pangboche (3800m):
Day 17 Pangboche to Namche (3440m):
Day 18 Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2830m):
Day 19 Flight back to Kathmandu (1400m):
Day 20 Departure

  • Day 01

    Arrival at Kathmandu:

    This will be the first day of our trekking journey. After landing at the Tribhuvan International Airport, you will be transferred to our hotel via private vehicle. We will rest for some time and then begin the sightseeing of the capital city of our country. At evening, you will be welcomed with a typical Nepali food at a typical Nepali restaurant. Overnight at Hotel.

    6,189m/20,305ft 3-star hotel in Kathmandu, teahouses during trekking and tent during climbing
  • Day 02

    Sightseeing of Kathmandu valley:

    After an early morning breakfast, you will do the sightseeing of some of the famous places of Kathmandu valley. You will be transferred to many places of Kathmandu with our private vehicle which includes Pashupatinath temple, Swoyambunath Stupa, Bouddanath Stupa and other many famous places of Kathmandu. At evening, you will meet your fellow trekking mates and then we will have a short briefing about the journey in our office. An evening stroll at Thamel and Durbarmarg will give you much energy which will help you at the trek. Overnight at Hotel.

    6,189m/20,305ft 3-star hotel in Kathmandu, teahouses during trekking and tent during climbing
  • Day 03

    Morning flight to Lukla (2800m) and Trek to Phakding (2600m):

    You will take an early morning flight to Lukla. This 25minute short mountain flight gives you a pre-opportunity to do the sightseeing of Himalayan ranges from the aircraft. Once you reach Lukla you will take a short break and then trek to Phakding which takes about 3 hours. Overnight at tea house lodge

    6,189m/20,305ft 3-star hotel in Kathmandu, teahouses during trekking and tent during climbing
  • Day 04

    Phakding to Namche Bazar (3440m):

    Today is going to be an exciting day of our trip as we will trek along the bank of Dudh Koshi river. We will trek to the gateway of Everest, Namche Bazar. Namche Bazar also known as the “Thamel of Everest” is a luxurious valley in the Khumbu region which has a numerous number of hotels, restaurants, lodges, spas, Atm’s and other many luxurious things. We will then trek to Manjo and then check for a permit and stay overnight at a tea house lodge.

    6,189m/20,305ft 3-star hotel in Kathmandu, teahouses during trekking and tent during climbing
  • Day 05

    Namche Bazar (3440m):

    Today is our acclimatization day and we will do the sightseeing of different nearby authentic villages of Thame and Khumjung. Exploring these villages and trails will give you an opportunity to view some of the beautiful snowcapped Himalayan peaks including Mt. Thamaserku (6608 m), Ama-Dablam (6856 m), Mt. Lhotse (8510m), Mt. Everest (8848m), Mt. Nuptse (7861m), Island Peak (6189m), Tobuche (6367m) and many other beautiful mountain ranges. Overnight at a tea house lodge.

    6,189m/20,305ft 3-star hotel in Kathmandu, teahouses during trekking and tent during climbing
  • Day 06

    Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (3870m):

    We will start our journey in the early morning and one will get an opportunity to see the magnificent views of sunrays striking on Mt. Everest. One can get an opportunity to do the sightseeing of other beautiful mountains such as Lhotse, Nuptse, Amadablam, Annapurna, etc. We will continue our steep descent towards a bridge over Dudhkoshi river and then walk via the dense rhododendron and oak forests. After reaching Tengboche, we will do the sightseeing of the ancient Tengboche monastery. Overnight at Tea house.

    6,189m/20,305ft 3-star hotel in Kathmandu, teahouses during trekking and tent during climbing
  • Day 07

    Tengboche to Dingboche (4389m):

    Today’s trek will be an easy descent through the dense rhododendron forests and then towards a suspension bridge over the Imja Khola. We will trek about 5 hours to reach Dingboche which includes the steep climb to Pheriche passing Pangboche. You will get an opportunity to do the sightseeing of ancient houses and Sherpa people of this beautiful valley. Trekking ahead will take us to Dingboche and then we stay at a Tea House for overnight.

    6,189m/20,305ft 3-star hotel in Kathmandu, teahouses during trekking and tent during climbing
  • Day 08

    Dingboche Acclimatization day:

    Explore to the Chhukung Village (4756m), great views of Lhotse, Island Peak, Kali Himal. Overnight at Tea house Lodge.

    6,189m/20,305ft 3-star hotel in Kathmandu, teahouses during trekking and tent during climbing
  • Day 09

    Dingboche to Lobuche (4910m):

    Today we will be walking about 4 hours to reach Lobuche. It is a relatively easier walk as we will walk along the Khumbu glacier which is located at Lobuche. We will also do the sightseeing of Italian Research Camp and view the snowcapped mountains including Nuptse, Pumori (7165m), Khumbu Ice Fall etc. Overnight at tea house lodge.

    6,189m/20,305ft 3-star hotel in Kathmandu, teahouses during trekking and tent during climbing
  • Day 10

    Lobuche to EBC- Ghorakshep (5190m):

    We will be walking alongside the Khumbu glacier and after Gorakshep we will be walking along the glacier. Due to higher altitude, it is difficult to breathe and we will spend some time at the Everest Base Camp and then return back at Gorakshep. Overnight at a tea house lodge.

    6,189m/20,305ft 3-star hotel in Kathmandu, teahouses during trekking and tent during climbing
  • Day 11

    Gorakshep to Pheriche (4910m):

    About 6 – 7 hrs walk. Morning climb up to Kala Pathar (5545m – best view point) and trek down to Lobuche. Overnight at Tea house / Lodge.

    6,189m/20,305ft 3-star hotel in Kathmandu, teahouses during trekking and tent during climbing
  • Day 12

    Lobuche to Chhukung (4730 m)- via Kongma La Pass (5535m)

    Crossing the Khumbu glacier will take us to Kong Ma La which will provide a legendary experience to the visitors and one can do the sightseeing of some of the beautiful mountain ranges while walking at the trail to reach Chhukung. We will then descend via the steep rock and reach Chhukung. Overnight at Tea house.

    6,189m/20,305ft 3-star hotel in Kathmandu, teahouses during trekking and tent during climbing
  • Day 13

    Chhukung to Island peak Base Camp (4970m):

    Today’s walk is going to be a bit interesting and comfortable as we will be walking to reach the base camp of Island Peak. You will be given basic training and climbing courses at the base camp. One with a good physical stamina and little bit of climbing experience can easily climb to the summit of the Island peak. Overnight at tented camp.

    6,189m/20,305ft 3-star hotel in Kathmandu, teahouses during trekking and tent during climbing
  • Day 14

    Pre -training and preparation day for the summit.

    We will be doing the pre-climbing training and preparation for the summit on this day. After breakfast, we will begin our pre-climb training. You will be helped and guided by our professional guides and they will instruct you about the proper ways of using the ice axe, climbing boots and harness, crampons, ascender. The training will also include using ropes to go up and down. After the preparation and training, we will spend the rest day walking around and resting for the big climb. Overnight at Tented camp.

    6,189m/20,305ft 3-star hotel in Kathmandu, teahouses during trekking and tent during climbing
  • Day 15

    High Camp to Island peak (6183 m) & back to Base Camp (4970 m):

    Today is going to be a big day as it is the day we were looking for the whole trip. We will start the less challenging climb to reach the summit of Island peak. We will wake up around 1 am and eat our breakfast and set off for the climb. First it will be a short and easy trek and then there will be a steep hill climb to the high camp. After the high camp we will climb the rocky path then follow the snowy path to the summit glacier. Climbing through ropes will lead us to the summit of Island peak which provides the spectacular views of mountain ranges that will surely mesmerize you. After the sightseeing, we will be back to our base camp. Overnight at a tented camp.

    6,189m/20,305ft 3-star hotel in Kathmandu, teahouses during trekking and tent during climbing
  • Day 16

    Island Peak Base Camp to Pangboche (3800m):

    We will descend about 4-5 hours to reach Pangboche. This is going to be an easy descend with the superb views of mountain ranges and Sherpa settlements. Overnight at Tea House.

    6,189m/20,305ft 3-star hotel in Kathmandu, teahouses during trekking and tent during climbing
  • Day 17

    Pangboche to Namche (3440m):

    Trekking about 4-5 hours will bring us to Namche, the gateway of Everest. You can explore the streets, people, lifestyle and culture of Namche Bazar. Overnight at Tea House.

    6,189m/20,305ft 3-star hotel in Kathmandu, teahouses during trekking and tent during climbing
  • Day 18

    Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2830m):

    Today’s trek is going to be a bit longer trek as we will be trekking about 6-7 hours to reach Lukla. This is going to be a long and easy walk.

    6,189m/20,305ft 3-star hotel in Kathmandu, teahouses during trekking and tent during climbing
  • Day 19

    Flight back to Kathmandu (1400m):

    Morning fly back to Kathmandu. Free day for shopping. Overnight at hotel.

    6,189m/20,305ft 3-star hotel in Kathmandu, teahouses during trekking and tent during climbing
  • Day 20

    Departure

    Transfer to the airport for final departure.

    6,189m/20,305ft 3-star hotel in Kathmandu, teahouses during trekking and tent during climbing

Include

  • Two nights standard accommodation in 2/3/4/5 star category hotel in Kathmandu located tourist center, or up to you.
  • Meals on full board (Breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trekking
  • Local fresh fruits like orange, apple, banana and grape etc.
  • All accommodations during the trek.
  • Your destination map.
  • Both ways domestic Flights with airport tax.
  • An experienced Government licensed holder Climbing guide and porter to carry your luggage during the trek.
  • Permit
  • Food, drinks, accommodation, insurance, salary, equipment’s, transportation, local tax for Guide and porter
  • Group medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
  • If you need we will provide you sleeping bag, down jackets, Duffle bag and, if necessary etc.
  • All necessary Government paper works and national park entry permits and TIMS Card etc.
  • Travel & Rescue arrangement.

·         All government taxes and Vat.

Exclude

  • Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & drop by private car or van. It is depend of the group.
  • Meals yourself Kathmandu (L+D).
  • equipment / Gears
  • Your Travel insurance.
  • International airfare.
  • Nepal entry visa (You can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Nepal’s Airport in Kathmandu).
  • All kind drinks (Alcoholic, hot and cold drinks, Water )
  • Personal shopping and laundry etc.
  • Personal trekking Equipment’s.
  • Tips for trekking staff and driver. (Tipping is expected, but it is not mandatory)
  • If do any tour and sightseeing and other activities etc.

 

Usefull Info

Important Note and Optional Activities: We, at Pikey Paradise trek are always concerned about the safety of our clients while travelling with us. Just be sure that your trek leader has the authority to cancel or amend any part of itinerary if it is necessary for the safety concerns. We will work and put every effort to keep the above itinerary as it is but as we are travelling in the remote and isolated areas od mountainous region, we can’t guarantee it! Some of the major factors of changing the itinerary are the health of clients and also the extreme weather conditions. Our trek leader will try to do their best as to run according to the plan on the trip but we personally recommend to be prepared for the changes in itinerary if necessary. You will be informed if there will be changes in the itinerary by your trek leader. Your trek leader will assist you with information about your options but please note that any additional activities you undertake are not part of our itinerary and our makes no representation about the safety of the activity. We recommend to use your own judgements when choosing any optional activities in your free time.

Acclimatization:

Trekking itinerary of Pikey Paradise is designed with a high degree of minimization of awareness of AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness). We won’t be going to the higher altitudes too fast as it causes a serious medical condition which may lead to death. The higher the altitude the less oxygen there is in air. On the height above 5000m in mountain ranges, oxygen level drops low at more than 50%. Human body need to adapt at this attitude so we will take acclimatization and rest days on some of the points of our trek. We recommend to the clients who are suffering from heart and lung disease to consult with their doctor before being a part of the journey. Mild headaches, fever, loss of appetite or stomach disorder are symptoms of AMS. Our itineraries are designed to try to prevent AMS but it is important to remember, some people can be more susceptible than others.

Trek leader and Staff Arrangements:

We, at Pikey Paradise firmly believe that if you want to get the most of the output from your staffs, you must treat them well. We also believe that a happy staff is a hard-working staff. We extremely believe in these things and also try our best to maintain a good relationship with our staffs.

Most of the emphasis are given to the local leaders and local guides as we believe working with the staffs of local communities is ore fruitful. We provide training for all our staff and all our trek leaders are trained in the following as a minimum;

  • Intensive Wilderness First Aid
  • Trekking Guide Training
  • Eco Trekking Workshop & Adventure Meet
  • English Language
  • Conservation & Biodiversity
  • Rock & Ice Climbing & Mountaineering (for expedition leaders)

At, Pikey Peak, we guarantee our clients that they are working and coping with the best professionals of the country who are friendlier and also much experienced on their respective field. All of our guides are fluent in speaking English and if you want, we are ready to provide you guides who are good at speaking other languages such as French, Spanish, Japanese, German and Italian. We only select professionals who are experienced, have leadership skills, are friendly in nature and also have a good personal ability. All these years, we have learnt that one of the major needed things in the trip is the leadership quality that a guide should have so that the trip will be safe, enjoyable and successful.

You will also be glad to know that most of our guides are actually from the mountainous region of our country and have spent half of their whole life in the most isolated and remote areas of our country. Mountainous region is the home for them and walking through these challenging paths is in their blood. They’re not ‘familiar’ with local communities, they’re a part of them. They don’t ‘know’ local culture, they practice it. They truly love their home and relish getting the opportunity to show travelers why.

Porter Care

One of the most underrated professionals of our country are the porters who are a major part in the trekking and expedition journeys at the Himalayas. No doubt, the entire trekking and expedition industry in Nepal is built on the back of these hard-working porters. We must be blessed with the effort of the porters as their tireless efforts of carrying supplies, equipment and baggage makes the journey to the Himalayan region successful. So, its kind of unfortunate that they have endured a history of exploitation and abuse at the hands of the industry. In an effort to combat this, we are firmly committed to porter rights.

We assure all our porters are well treated, well paid and we also provide the level of shelter, clothing and footwear that these harsh environments demand. Porters who become sick are treated with the same care and attention as team members and we have previously used helicopters – at our expense – to rescue porters from dangerous situations. And for the porter’s sake we require that all trekkers keep their bag weight under 15kgs/33 pounds.

We totally support the work of the International Porter Protection Group (IPPG), making our resources available to them to help improve the working conditions of the porters.

Environmental Concerns:

Most of the areas of the Himalayan region is stunningly beautiful but at the same hand it’s to risky as well. Future generations have just as much of a right to appreciate it as we do and so the tourism industry has an obligation to protect and preserve it. We employ a ‘zero impact’ policy on the natural environment and the traditional communities that live there. We enforce a number of do’s and don’ts, and staff can advise how to minimize your impact.

Trekking to the base camp of the mountain of our country is not an easy task and one should be in a good health and physical condition. Most of the days have four to five hours of walking and some of the days are up to seven hours as well. Although less but these walks are very much tiring and difficult. It’s a good idea to prepare yourself in the lead-up to your trip with some regular exercise, the best form of which is long walks in hilly areas. Technical experience is not required, hiking/camping experience is an advantage, but by far the most important thing is a positive attitude and a generous amount of determination.

We recommend to let us know if you have any pre-existing medical conditions as it might be difficult above 5000m if you get sick. Also, before coming to Nepal it’s important to consult your doctor regarding vaccinations and any other medical concerns that the trip may raise. Medical and evacuation expenses are your responsibility

A typical day on the trail:

You will be waked up early in the morning with a bucket of hot water to wash in. You will then have your breakfast and then pack your bag to head for the trek. We will trek through forests, hills, mountains and local villages all about 3hours. We will then stop for an hour at a particularly pleasant spot and have our lunch. We will then again start our trek and trek about another 3hours to reach the destination where we will stay for overnight. Then you can have tea or coffee and some light snacks, before exploring the area with trek leader or just relaxing until dinner is served in a warm dining hall.

Evenings are quite interesting and fun as we will be chatting and doing entertainment stuffs with our fellow trek mates. Finally, it’s off to bed for a well-deserved night’s rest before you start it all again.

Pre-Trip Meeting:

Our trek journey starts with a pre-trip meeting at Kathmandu at our office. We will be usually doing the pree-trip meeting on the second day of our trekking journey and then you will be introduced to your fellow trek mates. You will also be introduced with your trek leader and then you can ask the important questions to your trek leaders in the pre-trip meeting.

The Trekking Group:

For the Everest Base Camp trek, there will be one leader, one assistant leader and one Sherpa porter for each group of two trekkers. This arrangement ensures that should any one of them fall ill, the trip can still go on as planned. We can run the trek for groups of any size, but generally have a maximum of ten people, as we’ve found this to be the optimum size for a successful trip. However, if you’d like to make a group booking for more than ten people it can easily be arranged.

Accommodations:

The cost of the accommodations in this trek is included in the trip cost and we have chosen accommodation options based on the following criteria; standard of hygiene, standard of service, location, food standards and cost. All accommodation is based on twin share. We will provide you single supplement if there is different sex. For the solo trip and on request single supplement will be charge US$300.

Toilet Facilities – On trek, toilet facilities are available at Tea Houses but some places are beyond your expectation and you should be satisfied with a local toilet.

Meals during Trek:

All Meals on full board basis will be provided during the cost spent on trek. Three meals (Nepali, Sherpa, Tibetan, Bhutanese, Continental, Italian and Indian cuisine) a day will be provided from the teahouse/lodge menus. Each day dinner and breakfast are used to take in the same lodge you spend the night. Lunch will also be provided by our company and at the same cost.

 

 

 

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